LaDainian Tomlinson joined the Jets two years ago in hopes of earning the Super Bowl ring that eluded him in San Diego. He and the Jets never got closer than the AFC Championship Game in 2010, but Tomlinson expressed no regrets over his New York stay when he announced his retirement in San Diego Monday.
"Two great years in New York of chasing the dream, chasing that Super Bowl trophy," Tomlinson told reporters.
Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers so he could officially retire as a member of the team for whom he gained 12,490 yards and accounted for 160 total touchdowns from 2001 through 2009. He led the NFL in rushing in 2006, when he rushed for a single-season record 28 touchdowns, and 2007. The Chargers won the AFC West five times during Tomlinson's career but lost their first playoff game three times and got as far as the AFC Championship Game just once, when Tomlinson was hindered by a knee injury and was limited to five yards on two carries in a loss to the New England Patriots in January 2008.
Tomlinson, who turned 33 this week, said he had no regrets over his career and that he is looking forward to retirement and spending time with his wife and two young children. The Jets, meanwhile, looked back fondly on Tomlinson's short time in New Jersey.
"During my time around LaDainian, he never took one day for granted when it came to any aspect of his performance," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "He had a positive impact on our organization and I am grateful for his time with the New York Jets."
"What an awesome day this is. It's been an awesome journey, to say the least."-LaDainian Tomlinson after he signed a one-day contract to retire with the San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson, who spent his final two seasons with the Jets, ranks fifth all-time in NFL history with 13,684 rushing yards.